February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day…


February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day…  

The Canadian flag that we all know, the Maple Leaf Flag, was officially proclaimed the Canada’s flag by Queen Elizabeth on February 15, 1965. Before it, several flags were used to represent the country.

It is astonishing to see how long and complicated the choice of the flag has been. It all began in 1895 when Mr. Edward M. Chadwick recommended to the Canadian government to have its own flag. Subsequently several committees looked at the issue without ever coming to a concrete result. A selection will ultimately be made by a committee of members of the Senate and the House of Commons at the request of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

The red bands of our flag symbolise the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The white strip represents the snow that covers the country in winter. The maple leaf is a reminder of the Canadian forests. Red and white have been the colours of Canada since 1921 to honour Canadian soldiers who died in the First World War.

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